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East Side Gallery

Visit this monument along the Spree River to see more than 100 murals celebrating the fall of the Berlin Wall and Berlin’s reunification.

The East Side Gallery is a memorial to Berlin’s reunification in 1990 and the fall of the Berlin Wall. The monument to Berlin’s freedom is a 0.8-mile (1.3-kilometer) stretch of the old Berlin Wall that was covered in colorful murals in 1990. Stroll along one of the world’s longest open-air galleries to experience the heartfelt and historical paintings.

Begin your walk along the East Side Gallery at Oberbaumbrücke (Oberbaum Bridge), the landmark bridge that crosses the Spree River and connects the Kreuzberg district to Friedrichshain. The East Side Gallery runs along the Friedrichshain side of the Spree, the border of former East Berlin, and transforms the memory of the Berlin Wall into a symbol of hope and freedom. The murals span the wall from Oberbaumbrücke to Ostbahnhof, a major train station.

Walk beside the long stretch of wall, which measures 12 feet (3.6 meters). Admire 105 paintings by artists from around the world. The first murals were painted in 1990, shortly after reunification. The murals champion freedom and depict a sense of hopefulness and euphoria for the future. Some images are satirical and some commemorative, but all are designed to be thought provoking.

In 2009, 100 of the original paintings were given a makeover when the artists repainted them.

The East Side Gallery is located on the Friedrichshain side of the Spree. Visit the gallery any day for free. The two ends of the wall are accessible by Berlin’s U-Bahn and S-Bahn network, as well as by bus, bicycle and on foot. 

Enjoy scenic views of the Spree from along the waterfront and the historic Oberbaumbrücke (Overbaum Bridge). The area around the East Side Gallery features some of Berlin’s biggest nightclubs and remains busy throughout the day and night on weekends.


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MEININGER Hotel Berlin East Side Gallery $45
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MEININGER Hotel Berlin East Side Gallery

Am Postbahnhof 4, Berlin
     
    3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in Friedrichshain, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Mercedes-Benz Arena and East Side Gallery. Alexanderplatz and Berlin TV Tower are also within 2 mi (3 km). Berlin East S-Bahn and Berlin Ost Station are within a 5-minute walk.

    Select Hotel Berlin Gendarmenmarkt $59
    Select Hotel Berlin Gendarmenmarkt

    Select Hotel Berlin Gendarmenmarkt

    Charlottenstrasse 66, Berlin, BE
       
      4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Mitte, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Friedrichstrasse, Gendarmenmarkt, and Konzerthaus Berlin. Checkpoint Charlie and Checkpoint Charlie Museum are also within 10 minutes. City Center U-Bahn and Stadtmitte Stationn are within a 5-minute walk.

      nhow Berlin $75
      nhow Berlin

      nhow Berlin

      Stralauer Allee 3, Berlin, BE
         
        4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in Friedrichshain, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of East Side Gallery and Mercedes-Benz Arena. Treptower Park and Berlin TV Tower are also within 3 mi (5 km). Warschauer Strasse U-Bahn is 7 minutes by foot and Warschauer Straße Station is 9 minutes.

        Holiday Inn Berlin - City East Side $76
        Holiday Inn Berlin - City East Side

        Holiday Inn Berlin - City East Side

        Wanda-Kallenbach Str., Berlin, BE
           
          4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Friedrichshain, this hotel is 1 mi (1.7 km) from Badeschiff. Warschauer Strasse U-Bahn is 5 minutes by foot and Warschauer Straße Station is 6 minutes.

          Hotel Indigo Berlin - East Side Gallery $82
          Hotel Indigo Berlin - East Side Gallery

          Hotel Indigo Berlin - East Side Gallery

          Muehlenstrasse 13-19, Berlin
             
            0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Friedrichshain, this hotel is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Mercedes-Benz Arena and within 3 mi (5 km) of Alexanderplatz and Berlin TV Tower. Potsdamer Platz and Brandenburg Gate are also within 6 mi (10 km). Warschauer Strasse U-Bahn is 7 minutes by foot and Warschauer Straße Station is 8 minutes.

            Hampton by Hilton Berlin City East Side Gallery $76
            Hampton by Hilton Berlin City East Side Gallery

            Hampton by Hilton Berlin City East Side Gallery

            Mildred-Harnack-Strasse 15, Berlin, Berlin
               
              0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Friedrichshain, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of East Side Gallery and Mercedes-Benz Arena. Alexanderplatz and Oberbaum Bridge are also within 2 mi (3 km). Warschauer Strasse U-Bahn is 10 minutes by foot and Berlin East S-Bahn is 9 minutes.

              Eastern & Western Comfort Hostelboat
              Eastern & Western Comfort Hostelboat

              Eastern & Western Comfort Hostelboat

              73 Mühlenstraße, Berlin
                 
                0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Friedrichshain, this hotel is 0.2 mi (0.3 km) from Mercedes-Benz Arena and 2.2 mi (3.5 km) from Berlin TV Tower. Brandenburg Gate and Potsdamer Platz are also within 6 mi (10 km). Warschauer Strasse U-Bahn is 7 minutes by foot and Schlesisches Tor U-Bahn is 8 minutes.

                East-Side Hotel Berlin
                East-Side Hotel Berlin

                East-Side Hotel Berlin

                Mühlenstrasse 6, Berlin, BE
                   
                  3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Friedrichshain, this hotel is steps from East Side Gallery and Oberbaum Bridge. Mercedes-Benz Arena and Alexanderplatz are also within 3 mi (5 km). Warschauer Strasse U-Bahn is 5 minutes by foot and Warschauer Straße Station is 7 minutes.